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POSTED August 16, 2013 12:37 a.m.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The “Honey Badger” is about to get his first NFL start.

Arizona coach Bruce Arians says rookie Tyrann Mathieu will start at free safety in place of injured Rashad Johnson when the Cardinals play the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday.

Mathieu has been a sensation in training camp as he looks to make a comeback after being booted from the LSU team for marijuana use and sitting out football altogether last season. In his NFL debut at Green Bay, Mathieu had a 12-yard sack, a tackle for loss, a pass defensed, two special teams tackles and a 24-yard punt return.

RYAN HASN’T PICKED A STARTER: CORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) — Rex Ryan says the New York Jets have not yet determined whether Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith will start the team’s next preseason game against Jacksonville on Saturday night. Both Ryan and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg say Tuesday that there are “variables” involved, including Smith’s recovery from a mild ankle sprain. Smith was injured in the team’s preseason opener at Detroit last Friday night, but has not missed any practice time despite a noticeable limp. Smith was able to move around the field with only occasional signs of a limp Tuesday.

UNION: HGH TESTING IS CLOSE:
The NFL Players Association has told its members that the union “tentatively agreed” that 40 players will take blood tests for HGH each week during the season, with a positive result drawing a four-game suspension. While Tuesday’s memo says owners and players “will likely finalize soon” the in-season weekly HGH testing, the union does not indicate what the NFL has agreed to — or give specifics about what stands in the way.

COWBOYS MOVING TO NEW ’BURB: FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys formally announced Tuesday they are moving their headquarters from suburban Irving to suburban Frisco after winning overwhelming approval for a $115 million development that includes an indoor stadium for practice and use by area prep teams. The stadium will be paid for mostly through a city sales tax, with the school district funding part of the construction. The deal, which was approved late Monday, calls for the Cowboys to manage the facilities and pay operating costs.

CHIEFS’ CHARLES MISSES PRACTICE:
Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles had his ailing right foot examined by two orthopedic surgeons and they confirmed the Kansas City Chiefs’ diagnosis of a mild strain. Charles turned his right ankle early in practice on Monday. Charles walked down the long, grassy hill to the practice fields Tuesday without a boot or a noticeable limp. He spent some time with the training staff off to the side, riding a stationary bike but only using the arm levers, before leaving the field for the rest of practice.

COLTS ACTIVATE BRADSHAW:
ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Ahmad Bradshaw is finally eligible to practice. He still may not play for a while. On Tuesday, coach Chuck Pagano said Indianapolis had activated the former Giants running back and linebacker Pat Angerer from the physically unable to perform list. The Colts wasted no time in putting Angerer on the field, sending him in halfway through the morning walkthrough. The timing of Bradshaw’s actual return isn’t as clear. “He feels great, and if it was left up to him, he would go today,” Pagano said. “But we’re going to protect him from himself. He’s going to be day-to-day.”

BURRESS’ SEASON LIKELY OVER:
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have put wide receiver Plaxico Burress on the injured reserve list, likely ending his season. The Steelers made the move Tuesday, a day after Burress turned 36. Burress had surgery Monday morning to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.


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